Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Title

Family and Consumer Science Research Journal

Volume

40

Issue

1

First Page

45

Last Page

57

DOI

10.1111/j.1552-3934.2011.02087.x

ISSN

1552-3934

Keywords

couple rituals, unmarried relationships, relational behaviors

Abstract

This study provides an understanding of rituals enacted in unmarried couple relationships. One hundred and twenty-nine individuals involved in unmarried relationships reported on their rituals in an online, open-ended questionnaire. A typology of 16 ritual types was developed, 12 of which have been shown to be common in marital relationships. Four new ritual categories, unique to unmarried relationships, emerged from the data: Gift-giving, helping each other/being supportive, future planning/daydreaming about the future, and family involvement. Implications for future research on couple rituals conclude the study.

Comments

This is the peer-reviewed version of the following article: Campbell, K., Silva, L., & Wright, D. W. (2011). Rituals in unmarried couple relationships: An exploratory study. Family and Consumer Science Research Journal, 40 (1), 45-57, which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1552-3934.2011.02087.x This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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